Lady Canons scoop silver

Rita Imanishimwe, Rachael Muwanguzi, Zaina Lokwameri and skipper Vilma Achieng with silver medals shortly after the event

The Lady Canons came away with silver, and the Canons settled for bronze in the Federation of Africa University Sports

(FASU), three-on-three all Africa championships held on April 30 at the United States International University (USIU), Nairobi, writes FRED HIDULA.

“I think we were a little complacent and confident and this cost us in both games,” Nicholas Natuhereza, the university basketball coach, said.

“The competition is tense, more skill-oriented and allows players to express themselves,” he added. This serves as a qualification tournament for the world university championships to be held in Zamien, China, later this year. Only the teams that made it to the finals qualify, meaning that the Canons miss out on this opportunity. The Lady Canons lost to a Senegalese side to finish as runners-up after faltering in the last minutes of the last quarter of the game, whereas their male counterparts the Canons

won bronze after losing to Makerere University. A total of 21 teams 11 for men and ten for women, from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa took part in the tournament.

NBL title hopes

Natuhereza remains optimistic that his sides can dominate and fight on two fronts ahead of the May 19 opening league games that see the ladies’ side in action to defend their crown in the National Basketball League title. The Canons have lost Nicholas Akora (point guard) and Richard Ongom (three man/small forward) to KCCA as opposed to the women’s side which remains intact to defend their crown.

Way forward

Natuhereza has made reinforcements to his team by signing Rega Twesigye (shooting guard) from Tanzania and Titus Luwal (bigman/ forward) from Our Saviour Basketball Club. “We are in contention for the title with the two new signings,” he said.

The teams have had two pre-season tournaments following their triumph in the UCU invitational and the just concluded Nairobi trip

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